Digiflavor Lynx RDA Review

The Digiflavor Lynx RDA is a workhorse with great build quality and superb airflow characteristics. I’m not crazy about the mounting clamps, though. Read my review.

It’s taken me a long time to warm up to rebuildable atomizers. At first, I dismissed them as the tools of vaping elitists — and perhaps even the unsafe accessories of people who were sold way more than they could handle by overzealous vape shop employees. After a while, though, rebuildable atomizers became more mainstream. I had to learn how to compare and contrast them, or this little corner of the web would have become irrelevant. I have been using nothing but rebuildable e-cigarette attachments for quite some time now, and I have to say that I am fully sold on them. The Digiflavor Lynx is a pure RDA — it’s a rebuildable atomizer for dripping only. Since it does only one job, it has a fairly minimal design. It’s also not very finicky as some rebuildable e-cigarette accessories can be. The Digiflavor Lynx also has excellent airflow characteristics — something that I’ve increasingly come to believe is extremely important in an RDA.

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About the Digiflavor Lynx

Digiflavor Lynx Review

The Digiflavor Lynx is an RDA designed for dual-coil operation. It has two clamps — each secured with one screw — and two airflow channels for each coil. If you screw the cover almost all of the way on, air comes in under the coils only. If you unscrew the cover a little more, you open two additional air channels on the sides of the RDA.

Digiflavor advertises that using the bottom air channels only is the ideal configuration for mouth-to-lung vaping. In my experience, the bottom air channels provide more airflow than most mouth-to-lung vapers are going to want. This configuration does do a good job of focusing the flavor, though.

The Lynx comes with a screwdriver, some replacement o-rings, extra screws and an adapter for 510 drip tips.

Digiflavor Lynx Review

Build Quality

In reading about the Digiflavor Lynx, one thing I’ve noticed is that there aren’t as many people talking online about this RDA as there really ought to be. The Lynx is really well built. It uses nice, thick metal for the housing, it has few moving parts and the screws are big and durable. This is an RDA that’s built to last a long, long time.

This RDA has a lot going for it in addition to the excellent build quality. The drip well is incredibly deep, making the Lynx RDA very difficult to flood. The build deck is large enough to accommodate many different coil designs. The large deck also means that there’s plenty of room for your hands.

Airflow

As I mentioned at the beginning of the review, the Digiflavor Lynx has excellent airflow characteristics. It is capable of generating some extremely huge clouds. More importantly, opening the airflow doesn’t just result in an airy draw with muted flavor — it actually results in more vapor and better flavor. I also found that my wicks and coils seemed to last longer with the Lynx than they do with many other rebuildable e-cigarette accessories. I’m not sure why the Lynx seems to resist coil gunk more than some other e-cigarette accessories. I can only surmise that it’s the result of good airflow planning.

Coil Mounting Clamps

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One thing that I don’t personally care for is the clamp system for attaching coil leads. Since one clamp holds two coil leads, you have to hold two coils in place on opposite sides of the RDA when screwing a clamp down. Inevitably, you’ll tighten a clamp fully and find that one of the leads is too long or short. I much prefer having a dedicated mounting point for each coil lead. That way, it’s easier to build an atomizer with with two symmetrical coils.

There are some benefits, though, to attaching coils with clamps rather than screws. For one, the clamps can easily accommodate coils with very thick leads. Also, when each coil lead has its own small mounting screw, the small screws can be very easy to strip. That’s unlikely to be a problem with the Digiflavor Lynx since the screws are very large. My coils aren’t typically very thick, though, so I prefer individual mount points.

Digiflavor Lynx Review: The Bottom Line

Digiflavor Lynx Review: The Pros

  • Excellent airflow charactersistics — superlative vapor prodution and rich flavor
  • Very durable build quality

Digiflavor Lynx Review: The Cons

  • Using two clamps to secure four leads can sometimes feel a bit clumsy

Vaporesso Transformer Review

At just a touch over $20 for so many coil building options, buying the Vaporesso Transformer feels like a no-brainer to me.

So, you’re curious about the pros and cons of postless atomizers? You’ve come to the right place. Welcome to my Vaporesso Transformer review. The Vaporesso Transformer is a rebuildable atomizer with velocity posts that you can use — or not, if you prefer postless coils. It also comes with two top caps and two drip tips. With all of the possible part combinations, you can use just about any type of coil design that you could possibly imagine.

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What Is the Vaporesso Transformer?

The Vaporesso Transformer is a rebuildable dripping atomizer that supports a great many possible configurations in the same package. In the box, you’ll find the following:

  • Four-hole postless build deck
  • Two velocity build posts
  • One short cap with delrin drip tip for postless builds
  • One tall cap with stainless steel drip tip for velocity builds
  • Two pre-built coils
  • Micro screwdriver
  • Plenty of spare parts

The idea behind the Vaporesso Transformer is that it’s a single RDA that can support virtually every coil configuration you can imagine. You can use one, two or four coils, build with or without the velocity posts and use the short cap or the tall one. You can even swap out the center post to use the Transformer with a bottom feeding mod. In reality, you’ll probably find a favorite configuration and use that the majority of the time. If you like to tinker, though, the Vaporesso Transformer may be an excellent choice for you because all of these components come at an extremely low cost.

Vaporesso Transformer Review

Fit and Finish

I received the Vaporesso Transformer from GearBest for the purpose of writing this review. I was given the “colorful” version, in which both of the caps and one of the drip tips have a sort of rainbow anodized color. Personally, I find the color very appealing. I haven’t had another e-cigarette product to date that looks quite like it. All of the parts fit together extremely well.

The Transformer RDA uses grub screws to secure the coils and posts. It also comes with a small hex screwdriver for loosening and tightening the grub screws. The screws seem very durable to me; I haven’t come close to stripping one yet as I have with some other rebuildable atomizers.

Between the tall cap and the short cap, I like the appearance of the short cap slightly more. Atomizer builds look a little cleaner without posts, and I simply like the appearance of the shorter cap. Experimenting with the Vaporesso Transformer, though, I actually had a better overall experience with the tall cap. I’ll explain why shortly.

One potential drawback of the tall cap is that it doesn’t allow you to adjust the airflow at all. You can place the delrin drip tip and airflow collar on the tall cap, but the fins of the airflow collar will not reach the air holes. They’ll only reach if you use the collar with the short cap. In other words, if you use the tall cap, you’ll get maximum airflow only. That’s not a problem for me, but some people may dislike it.

Ease of Use

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As I mentioned above, the grub screws included with the Vaporesso Transformer seem exceptionally durable. They loosen and tighten very easily, and I have no fear of stripping one any time soon. I find the build deck extremely easy to work with. There’s plenty of room for getting things arranged — particularly if you use the velocity posts.

If you’re new to postless build decks, you may find the postless deck a little difficult to work with at first — but you’ll get used to it. The potential difficulty comes from the fact that you can’t trim the coil leads after they’re in the holes. You’ll have to trim the coils to the length that you want, and then install them. When you’re still getting used to postless coil builds, you may occasionally trim the leads too short.

Is the Vaporesso Transformer Actually Any Good?

vaporesso-transformer-rebuildable-atomizer-reviewOverall, my experience with the Vaporesso Transformer was excellent. With the tall cap and the velocity posts, I found it easy to build simple dual-coil atomizers that produced absolutely enormous clouds. I expect to continue using the Transformer as my primary rebuildable atomizer for quite some time. I’m not bothered at all by the lack of an airflow control, because I typically use all of my attachments at the maximum possible airflow settings anyway.

The Transformer’s stainless steel mouthpiece has an extremely wide opening, and its position is close to the coils. The mouthpiece also doesn’t have a screen or anything else for blocking droplets, so the Transformer does spit a bit if you add too much e-liquid.

Pros and Cons of Postless Coils

My experience with postless coils wasn’t quite as positive. I do like the very clean look that results when you can insert the coil leads directly into the build deck. In practice, though, this creates a situation in which the coils have very little elevation from the build deck and the wicks. If you over-drip — even just a little — the coils will pop and spit quite a lot. Since the mouthpiece is so close to the coils, you’ll get a lot of that e-liquid in your mouth and throat.

Perhaps it’s just that postless coils make it difficult to gauge the correct amount of e-liquid to use when dripping. I found, though, that I got much better vapor production when I used the tall cap and velocity posts. Just using simple dual-coil builds at .4 ohms, I was able to get enormous, flavorful clouds out of the Vaporesso Transformer.

Any Negatives With the Vaporesso Transformer?

My only real negative comment about the Vaporesso Transformer — apart from the fact that postless coils aren’t really for me — is that I found the pre-built coils completely useless. When I attempted to use them, my resistance meter read between 0.0 and 0.1 ohms. I’m not sure if the coils had faults or if they were temperature control coils, since the Transformer’s manual and packaging don’t discuss the coils at all. With the resistance looking dangerously low, I opted not to use the coils.

Vaporesso Transformer Review: The Bottom Line

Although I don’t really think that postless coils are for me, my overall exprience when writing this Vaporesso Transformer review was excellent. Without any sort of fancy coil designs — just simple dual-coil Kanthal builds that took minutes to put together — I was able to get some of the best vapor production that I’ve experienced with any e-cigarette attachment. I also love the appearance and build quality of the Transformer. The nice, thick metal seems exceptionally durable, and it does a great job of dissipating heat as well. At just a touch over $20 for so many coil building options, buying the Vaporesso Transformer feels like a no-brainer to me.

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Vaporesso Transformer Review: The Pros

  • A single package with almost infinite coil building options
  • Comes with velocity posts, so you can build velocity or postless coils
  • Comes with a short sleeve and a tall sleeve to accommodate different coil sizes
  • Very easy to use and produces a ton of vapor

Vaporesso Transformer Review: The Cons

  • Can spit a bit — especially with postless coils
  • I wasn’t able to use the pre-built coils

IJOY Tornado Nano Review

Do you like sub-ohm tanks? Do you like them even more when they include RBA decks? The IJOY Tornado Nano is an attempt to bring you the best of both worlds.

Do you like sub-ohm tanks? Do you like them even more when they include RBA decks? The IJOY Tornado Nano is one of the most interesting attempts that I’ve ever seen to bring e-cigarette users the best of both worlds.

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A sub-ohm tank with an RBA deck has a lot of appeal for many e-smokers. Pre-made coils are very convenient, and they’re also a lot safer than rebuildable coils. Since they should be factory-tested, there’s little chance of a pre-made coil having a short unless you’ve done something yourself to cause damage. On the other hand, it’s great to have an RBA deck available along with some wire and cotton for those times when you’re a little short on cash or waited a bit too long to order new coils.

The problem with most RBA decks, though, is that they’re about the same size as the pre-made coils that they replace. In other words, they provide very little room in which to build and probably don’t generate as much vapor. The VaporFi Volt Hybrid Tank is a good example of this problem; the pre-made coils are great, but it’s almost impossible to get the same performance from the RBA deck.

A New Breed of Sub-Ohm Tank

The IJOY Tornado Nano is a sub-ohm tank that tackles this problem in reverse. Instead of including an RBA deck that looks like a small pre-made coil, it has very large drop-in coils that look like RBAs. The difference in vapor production, if you’re switching from a sub-ohm tank with small pre-made coils, is enormous. The IJOY Tornado Nano is a finicky tank, though, and it’s difficult to keep it working smoothly.

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[yellow_box]IJOY Tornado Nano Update: Now that I’ve owned the IJOY Tornado Nano for several months, my opinion of the tank has changed slightly. Yes, the threads are incredibly finicky. Trying to hold and unscrew a tiny chuff tip for refilling without loosening any of the tank’s several other threads is really, really hard. Once you get used to the threads, though, filling the tank without experiencing a leak is not so tough.

If you switch to the RBA deck, though, avoiding leaks is very hard indeed. I revisited the IJOY Tornado Nano after discovering a new product over at VaporFi — a canister of 10 pre-wrapped nichrome alien coils for $7.99. I dropped those into the RBA deck of the Tornado Nano, and that’s when I discovered the tank’s second problem: the wick holes on the RBA deck are really, really big. Even if you think you’ve done everything right, you could get halfway through filling the tank only to realize that you’ve got e-liquid all over your hand. You can’t stuff the holes too tightly, though, because then the tank won’t wick efficiently. I found an excellent video that helped, but I still had to stick to filling the tank halfway to keep the tank from dumping.

With all of the quirks of the IJOY Tornado Nano, I still have trouble giving it a strong recommendation even though I find myself using it quite often these days. There are so many tanks out there that just work. You don’t have to worry about lining the threads up just right or arranging the wick just so to get the tank to work without leaking.

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About the IJOY Tornado Nano

IJOY Tornado Nano Review

To begin this review, let’s examine the IJOY Tornado Nano at a glance. The IJOY Tornado Nano is:

  • A sub-ohm tank with a 510 connection and capacity of 4 ml.
  • A tank with very large pre-made coils that resemble rebuildable atomizers. Coils cost just $10 per pack of five and come in 0.3 and 0.6 ohm varieties.
  • A tank that includes a large two-post RBA, enabling you to complete dual-coil builds in a snap.
  • A tank with a removable top cap to make filling easier.

The IJOY Tornado Nano also has several unusual gimmicks that make it somewhat unique among sub-ohm tanks. These include:

  • Chip coils” that utilize printed circuit boards for electrical conductivity and heat dissipation
  • Color-changing glass that becomes clear as its temperature increases
  • Pre-built coils with LED lights ($12.20 per five-pack)

Heaven Gifts provided an IJOY Tornado Nano review pack that included the retail tank package with one pre-built coil and one RBA deck, an extra pre-built coil and two color-changing glass enclosures.

IJOY Tornado Nano Review

The most important thing that I could possibly get across in this review is the fact that the IJOY Tornado Nano is a traditional sub-ohm tank with pre-built coils, but in operation it behaves more like a rebuildable atomizer. The Tornado Nano uses two very large triple-twisted coils with ample cotton wicks. The coils have plenty of surface area for vaporization, and they’re rated for operation at up to 80 watts. If you’re used to sub-ohm tanks with smaller pre-built coils such as the aforementioned Volt Hybrid Tank, the Tornado Nano is going to throw clouds like you’ve never seen.

A Problem With Sub-Ohm Tanks

One of the problems I’ve experienced with sub-ohm tanks has to do with the recent increased popularity of sweeter e-liquids. As the vaping community has matured, many e-smokers haven’t used actual tobacco in so long that they’ve stopped thinking about that flavor entirely. Instead, they simply want to vape the flavors that they find most delicious. E-liquid makers have responded with wide arrays of dessert, cereal and beverage flavors — and almost all of them contain sweeteners.

Unfortunately, sweeteners seldom vaporize fully. Instead, they stick to the wick and coil, eventually forming a black film that burns and alters the taste of the vapor. The vaping community uses the unscientific term “gunk” to describe the film that sweet e-liquids leave behind — and the gunk problem is so bad that a sweet e-liquid can easily ruin the flavor of a coil in just a day or two of moderate use. Since a typical pre-made coil costs around $2-3, coil gunk can make sweet e-liquids really expensive to enjoy if you care about the flavor.

Solving the Problem of Coil Gunk

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Is it an RBA? Nope. It’s a factory-made coil that drops right in to the IJOY Tornado Nano.

The increased vapor production is one reason why rebuildable atomizers are so popular, but it isn’t the only reason. The other reason is the fact that coils are very inexpensive to build — and people who prefer sweet e-liquids need new coils frequently.

A lot of the time, though, they aren’t actually building entirely new coils from scratch because the coils themselves still work fine. It’s the wick that causes the problem. If you have a rebuildable atomizer, you can simply pull the wick out, “dry burn” the coil until the gunk is gone and insert a new wick. The coil will perform almost as well as one built from scratch.

So, re-wicking solves the coil gunk problem for RBA users. Just try to re-wick a traditional pre-built coil for a sub-ohm tank, though. Since you can’t open most pre-built coils without cutting through the metal and there’s almost no room in which to work, the effort hardly seems worth it.

The IJOY Tornado Nano uses very wide pre-built coils with large openings. If you want to, you can easily pull the wicks out and replace them. IJOY’s coils are quite inexpensive to begin with. If you’d like to re-wick them yourself, though, the daily cost of using the IJOY Tornado Nano can potentially be far, far lower than that of other sub-ohm tanks.

IJOY Tornado Nano Review: How It Works

So, at this point I hope that you have a good idea of why the IJOY Tornado Nano might interest you. Is it actually a tank that you’re going to want to buy, though? I’ll begin with the good points.

In terms of vapor production, the Tornado Nano is a spectacularly good tank. It generates the biggest vapor clouds I’ve ever seen from a tank with factory-made coils, and it also goes through e-liquid much more quickly. If you chain vape, you can expect to drain the Tornado Nano in as little as 30 minutes. The difference in vapor production really is astounding for someone who has spent little time experimenting with self-built coils.

I am extremely happy with my current daily driver — the tank included with the Halo Tracer e-cigarette — but if you’re using a standard sub-ohm tank and you’re not getting the vapor production that you want, you’ll almost certainly get it from the IJOY Tornado Nano.

IJOY Tornado Nano Review: The Drawbacks

The IJOY Tornado Nano has some issues in the quality of its machining. Mine came with the short, wide, “chuff tip,” and I noticed that if I used the Tornado Nano with the entire tip in my mouth, vaping occasionally became uncomfortable because the top cap of the tank isn’t smoothed at all.

The threading is another negative aspect of the IJOY Tornado Nano’s build quality. It’s easy to take the entire tank apart to replace the glass, which I did right away because I wanted to try one of the color-changing enclosures. Getting the tank back together without cross-threading is extremely difficult — much more so than just about any tank I’ve ever owned — and if you don’t get the threads right, the tank will certainly leak.

The threading is even more problematic when you try to actually fill the tank. You’re supposed to fill the tank by removing the top cap, but it’s hard to get the top cap to disengage without disengaging the bottom as well and dumping the tank’s contents.

IJOY Tornado Nano Review: The Gimmicks

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I had difficulty getting the color-changing glass of the IJOY Tornado Nano to work during vaping.

I was able to test two of the Tornado Nano’s three gimmicks during the review process. My review sample didn’t include one of the LED-lit coils, so I can’t comment on the way they look.

I did get a couple of color-changing glass enclosures, though. They readily become clear under hot water and return to their original opaque state when cool. I found it difficult to get the glass to change color when I was actually vaping, though. That being said, I reviewed the tank in an air conditioned environment and didn’t chain vape.

One thing that does seem to work very well, however, is the IJOY chip coil. To create the coil, IJOY solders the wire to a PCB. Using the PCB, IJOY claims, improves electrical conductivity and encourages heat to dissipate quickly. I can’t deny that IJOY’s claims appear valid; the Tornado Nano works happily at very high wattage settings and puts out an astronomical amount of vapor without feeling overly hot.

The Bottom Line

The IJOY Tornado Nano is a tank that tries to bring you the performance of an RBA and the convenience of a tank with drop-in coils. From a performance standpoint, it works admirably by generating the most vapor that I’ve ever seen from factory-made coils without ever becoming overly hot during use.

From a usage standpoint, I would say that the success of the Tornado Nano is debatable. In my experience, it tends to be leaky. That’s because it’s very difficult to remove the top cap for filling. It’s also very hard to get all of the threads to line up properly when disassembling the tank for a glass or coil change.

In the end, the IJOY Tornado Nano lacks the reliability and quality machine work that would make it an easy tank to recommend to anyone looking for huge vapor clouds. It you’re willing to put up with the quirky threads, there’s a lot here to love. You’ll get big vapor, and you’ll get a nice large RBA deck for building your own coils. If you like sweet e-liquids, you won’t need to replace coils as often as you would with some other tanks, because you can replace the wicks in the factory-made coils whenever you like.

As a dripping atomizer, the IJOY Tornado Nano might be the best I’ve ever used. As a tank, though, the lack of quality machining makes the Tornado Nano come up a bit short.

[green_box]Heaven Gifts provided this tank to me for review purposes. View it on their website. The IJOY Tornado Nano costs $30.90.[/green_box]

IJOY Tornado Nano Review: The Pros

  • Sub-ohm tank with the huge vapor clouds of an RBA
  • Inexpensive factory-made coils that you can re-wick easily
  • “Chip coil” technology really does seem to work
  • LED lighting and color-change glass are fun gimmicks that some will enjoy

IJOY Tornado Nano Review: The Cons

  • Poor machining makes assembling and filling difficult without leaks

Aspire Atlantis 2 Review

The Aspire Atlantis 2 generates huge, cool vapor clouds thanks to an airflow control that introduces plenty of cool air. It’s a bit short on flavor, though.

Greetings, dear readers. Today, my exciting and interesting foray into the world of sub-ohm tanks continues with this Aspire Atlantis 2 review. Now that I’ve tried several sub-ohm tanks, I understand that although they look similar to one another and often have similar design elements — very wide air and liquid holes, for example — the actual experience of using them can really differ from one tank to the next. The Aspire Atlantis 2 is one of the most popular e-cigarette tanks on the market — so popular, in fact, that you can give it different features by installing third-party coils. Ultimately, though, the Aspire Atlantis 2 isn’t a tank that I plan to continue using when my supply of coils runs out. However, Aspire tanks wouldn’t be as popular as they are today if everyone felt that way. In this review, I’ll explain why the Atlantis 2 isn’t for me and why you might feel differently.

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View the Aspire Atlantis 2. The tank costs $34.99 and replacement coils are $19.99 per five-pack.

Aspire Atlantis 2 Review

About the Aspire Atlantis 2

The Aspire Atlantis 2 is a sub-ohm tank with a 3 ml capacity for e-liquid and coils available at 0.3, 0.5 and 1.0 ohms. If you go with a third-party coil maker such as Atom Vapes, you can add additional features such as Clapton coils for better vapor production, ceramic filling for better flavor and a nickel coil for temperature control support. I purchased a set of Atom Vapes gClapton coils — available from Volcano — to go with the Aspire Atlantis 2 tank. I’ll be describing my experience with the standard and third-party coils in this review.

The main feature of the Aspire Atlantis 2 is the mouthpiece, which adds a secondary source of airflow to the tank. Although I never owned the original Atlantis tank, the secondary airflow apparently wasn’t part of its design. The secondary airflow allows air to combine with the vapor as it enters your mouth, cooling the vapor greatly but diluting its flavor somewhat.

Coils for the Aspire Atlantis 2 are very large and have very wide liquid holes. Coupled with the very wide mouthpiece, the Atlantis 2 has no problem generating enormous vapor clouds — subjectively, some of the largest I’ve ever seen. The Atlantis 2 also operates reliably at higher wattage levels than most of my other tanks — and with the secondary airflow cooling the vapor, the high-wattage experience is actually tolerable for me. However, all of the features that make the Aspire Atlantis 2 unique unavoidably lead to certain sacrifices. I’ll describe those as we continue.

Aspire Atlantis 2 Review

When I began using the Aspire Atlantis 2, one of the first things that I needed to come to terms with was the fact that the mouthpiece is very wide. That’s not particularly unusual — many sub-ohm tanks and rebuildable atomizers do have wide mouthpieces. I don’t prefer them, though. That’s why I like the fact that many tanks will accept any 510-sized drip tip. The Atlantis 2 is different, though; the airflow control collar is a permanent part of the tank and the mouthpiece is proprietary. Unless you’re willing to compromise the appearance of the tank by using an adapter, you’re stuck with the original mouthpiece.

Aspire Atlantis 2: Vapor Production and Quality

As I mentioned above, the Aspire Atlantis 2 has a very large coil that holds plenty of liquid within its thick organic cotton wick. Thanks to the large wick holes, the tank has no difficulty putting out huge clouds at virtually any wattage setting without dry hits. I find, however, that the “character” of the vapor differs a bit from that of the sub-ohm tanks I’ve used to date. The vapor feels very “wet,” almost like the spit-back that often happens when liquid pools within a coil but certainly not that unpleasant. Every time I puff, though, I can feel my tongue being sprayed with these little droplets that feel hotter than the rest of the vapor. This is a part of the experience of using the Aspire Atlantis 2 that I don’t particularly enjoy.

Because the coils are so large, there’s a lot of hardware taking up space inside the Aspire Atlantis 2. Between the lack of open space and the fact that the Atlantis 2 puts out so much vapor, I found myself refilling my tank more frequently than ever before when working on this Aspire Atlantis 2 review.

Aspire Atlantis 2: Leak Protection

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However, all of this extra hardware has its uses, aside from simply helping the Atlantis 2 put out more vapor. Firstly, the coils are threaded at both the top and bottom. While many coils for sub-ohm tanks simply use gaskets to help prevent leaks, the threading at the top allows an Atlantis 2 coil to screw directly into the air tube leading out of the tank. Thanks to this design, I have yet to experience even the smallest leak with the Atlantis 2. There is a little downside, though: occasionally I’ll remove the base of the tank for refilling, and the coil will still be screwed into the air tube.

The Aspire Atlantis 2 offers additional leak protection in the form of a very large double gasket in the base. I love my sub-ohm tanks, but I hate the fact that e-liquid tends to pool in the base and drip on my hands when I refill. The double gasket in the base of the Atlantis 2 almost completely prevents liquid from getting on your hands when you open the tank.

Aspire Atlantis 2: Flavor

The Aspire Atlantis 2 has a smart design. In my experience, leaks simply don’t happen during use or refilling. The vapor production is astronomical. The wide mouthpiece isn’t my favorite, but I can live with it. I don’t care for the “wet” quality of the vapor or the feeling of hot droplets on my tongue, but I can live with that, too, because the Atlantis 2 does so many other things very well.

The primary drawback of the Aspire Atlantis 2 — and the reason why I don’t expect to continue using it once I’ve exhausted my sixth and final coil — is the quality of the flavor. Even with the secondary air holes closed, the flavor produced by the tank seems diluted or muddled to me. To get some flavor out of the tank, I find myself operating it at much higher power settings than I would normally use — and that’s just so I can get close to the flavor that I get from my preferred tanks such as the VaporFi Volt and the Freemax Starre. I upgraded to a set of gClapton coils, which greatly improved the flavor. However, I still consider the Aspire Atlantis 2 a downgrade overall compared to the Volt and the Starre.

Aspire Atlantis 2 Review: The Bottom Line

The Aspire Atlantis 2 has some design elements that I really like. The airflow collar in the mouthpiece cools the vapor temperature dramatically, allowing you to operate the tank at very high wattage levels and blow huge clouds with ease. Between the threaded coils and large gasket in the base, the Atlantis 2 is probably the most leak-resistant tank I’ve ever used. Since Aspire is a popular manufacturer with a large user base, you have third-party companies such as Atom Vapes designing compatible coils with new features. As I write this Aspire Atlantis 2 review, the new gCeramic coils from Atom Vapes are just a few days old — so development on this tank is taking place right now.

On the other hand, I don’t like the fact that I can’t use the drip tip of my choice with the Atlantis 2 unless I want to use an ugly adapter. I also don’t care for the “wet” vapor that makes it feel as though tiny hot droplets are always hitting my tongue.

Mainly, though, the reason why I don’t plan to continue using the Aspire Atlantis 2 is the fact that the quality of the flavor doesn’t impress me. If your priority is to generate the biggest vapor clouds possible, you might really like the Aspire Atlantis 2. From my point of view, though, using this tank simply means that I’m going through more e-liquid for a less enjoyable experience because the flavor is so muted.

View the Aspire Atlantis 2. The tank costs $34.99 and replacement coils are $19.99 per five-pack.

Aspire Atlantis 2 Review: The Pros

  • Great vapor production
  • Third-party coils can add new features
  • Airflow collar cools vapor and enables very high-wattage operation
  • Very leak-resistant design

Aspire Atlantis 2 Review: The Cons

  • Can’t use standard 510 drip tips without an adapter
  • Vapor has a “wet” quality — feels like droplets are always hitting the tongue
  • Produces a “muted” flavor in my opinion

Freemax Starre Review

The Freemax Starre is big on vapor production and has an intelligent design that helps to prevent dry hits.

The e-cigarette industry has changed so much since I first took up vaping in 2010. While cigalikes once dominated the industry, I am now completely surprised when I see someone on the street using anything other than a box mod — and for the average e-smoker, the differences in features from one box mod to the next are hardly significant enough to matter. Sure, you can buy box mods that claim to have a maximum power output of 200 watts, but who really needs that? At least in my personal experience, with all of the most popular sub-ohm tanks you’re getting nothing but heat — hardly any flavor whatsoever — too far above 35 watts anyway, so what’s all the extra power for?

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In my opinion, as long as your box mod meets your requirements for features, battery life, comfort and safety, it’s the tank or atomizer that really determines the type of vaping experience you’ll have. So, I have recently immersed myself in the extremely interesting world of sub-ohm tanks, learning the design points that make one different from another. In the coming days, I’ll be writing several e-cigarette tank reviews describing what I’ve learned. This Freemax Starre review is the first.

View the Freemax Starre, marketed as the Halo Reactor tank on the Halo Cigs website. It costs $24.99 and includes both glass and stainless steel tips. Replacement coils cost $13.99 per five-pack.

Freemax Starre Review

About the Freemax Starre

The Freemax Starre is a sub-ohm tank with a stated liquid capacity of 5 ml. Its major feature, according to Freemax, is that it is the world’s first e-cigarette tank with dual vertical coils. In other words, looking inside the atomizer, you can see two distinct wires attached to the same two end points at the top and bottom of the atomizer. There is a copious amount of cotton inside the atomizer as well as four large e-liquid holes on the side. Regarding the cotton itself, I’ve seen many online retailers claim that it is organic. The Freemax website doesn’t make that claim, though, instead referring to it as “medical grade.” The bottom of the atomizer has a silver — or at least silver-plated — connector for better power transfer.

The Freemax Starre tank itself is borosilicate glass, while the metal components are 304 stainless steel. The bottom of the tank features two very wide adjustable air holes. You can get four types of replacement coils for the Freemax Starre: standard kanthal at 0.5 and 0.25 ohms and nickel at 0.25 and 0.15 ohms for temperature control devices. Halo doesn’t carry the nickel coils, as the Halo Reactor (review) doesn’t have temperature control support. However, Halo’s version of the Freemax Starre includes both glass and stainless steel tips. The standard version of the Starre includes a stainless tip only.

Freemax Starre Review Specs

Freemax Starre Review

Freemax Starre vs Kanger Subtank

Freemax Starre vs Kanger Subtank
The Kanger Subtank’s liquid holes are positioned high in the tank, which can cause wicking issues before the tank is truly empty.

At the time of writing, I have used the Freemax Starre for more than two months and now consider it my primary sub-ohm tank. It took a while for me to come to that conclusion, but one thing was evident from the moment I began using the tank. To understand what I’m talking about, take a look at the picture of the Kanger Subtank to the right. Notice how high the liquid hole is? With the liquid hole that high, you could easily begin to experience wicking issues long before the tank actually runs out of e-liquid — something that’s happened to me several times. When the Subtank begins to get just a little low on e-liquid, you have to start doing a sort of dance — rotating your device from side to side between puffs — to keep the wick saturated. If you don’t, you’ll scorch the wick even though it looks like you’ve got plenty of e-liquid left.

Looking at the Freemax Starre from the side, you won’t see that same problem. Instead, you’ll see only the very tops of the liquid holes. This means that the Starre vapes consistently until it is almost completely dry, eliminating the scorched wicks that can happen if you forget to refill frequently.

Refilling, by the way, is something that you’ll need to do fairly often with the Freemax Starre. I thought that the Kanger Subtank burned through e-liquid at a rapid pace, but switching back to the Subtank after using the Starre feels almost like sucking on a straw with one end folded over. The Subtank is a major success and a very influential product, but there’s no question that it isn’t the best sub-ohm tank on the market anymore. In terms of reliability, quality of flavor and quantity of vapor, the Starre far outclasses the Subtank.

The official information about the Freemax Starre suggests that the coils work fine at up to 100 watts. That certainly might be true. I have used it at up to 50 watts with no wicking issues, but for normal use I have no desire to go above 35 watts or so. Too far above that, I really get more heat than vapor — no flavor to speak of. If you happen to like your vapor really, really hot, though, the Freemax Starre can do it.

In terms of reliability and maintenance, the Freemax Starre is top notch. The threading is very smooth, and there are plenty of o-rings to prevent leaking. A threaded center joint allows you to disassemble the tank completely for cleaning or to swap out the glass. The only problem — and it’s a small one, considering I’ve never seen a tank that doesn’t have this problem — is that you can’t disassemble the airflow control ring itself. If you carry your device in your pocket, the ring is likely to collect quite a bit of dust and pocket lint. Again, though, this is true of every sub-ohm tank that I own.

One additional downside to the Freemax Starre is its occasional tendency to spit hot juice. This is a problem that I didn’t experience frequently with the Kanger Subtank. I suspect, though, that the juice spitting is simply a side effect that goes along with the larger juice holes and more powerful coil. If more juice gets to the coil and the coil burns through that juice more quickly, you’ll naturally get a bit more condensation in the tube. I occasionally run a cotton swab down the tube to soak up the condensation and mitigate this problem.

Freemax Starre Review: The Bottom Line

I recommend Halo’s version of the Freemax Starre in particular due to its inclusion of a glass tip. As I mentioned above, the stock version of the Starre includes a stainless tip only — I actually don’t use the stainless tip at all because I don’t like the heat transfer. Although the coil of the Freemax Starre gets quite hot during use, the glass tip stays cool and I really like that. The glass tip also doesn’t gunk up the way stainless tips often can.

In the world of sub-ohm tanks, the Freemax Starre is really an ideal daily driver. It doesn’t have any gimmicky extra parts like a fan or secondary and tertiary airflow holes that require frequent cleaning. The coils are also quite affordable, so if you go through them quickly it isn’t a problem. Also, in two months of using the Freemax Starre, I have yet to encounter a single leak. The quality of the flavor is superb and the vapor production is fantastic. Whether you receive it as part of a set with the Halo Reactor or purchase it on its own, I wholeheartedly recommend the Freemax Starre.

View the Freemax Starre, marketed as the Halo Reactor tank on the Halo Cigs website. It costs $24.99 and includes both glass and stainless steel tips. Replacement coils cost $13.99 per five-pack.

Freemax Starre Review: The Pros

  • Stellar flavor and vapor production
  • Simple design means tank is easy to disassemble and clean
  • Glass tip mitigates heat transfer to the lips
  • Recessed liquid holes allows for consistent wicking until tank is nearly dry

Freemax Starre Review: The Cons

  • Large air holes can attract pocket lint
  • Condensation may occasionally collect in the center tube and spit back

VaporFi Volt Hybrid Tank Review

In the past year, sub-ohm vaping has really taken the e-cigarette world by storm. It began with rebuildable atomizers, which allowed e-smokers not only to save a great deal of money by wiring their own coils rather than buying new ones, but also allowed them to tinker with the resistance of their coils to achieve incredible vapor production with simple mechanical mods. For many people, a larger vapor cloud equates to a more satisfying vaping experience. Some have also found that sub-ohm coils have allowed them to begin using lower-nicotine e-liquids.

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Sub-ohm coils have always had a barrier to entry, though. Even with detailed instructions, the prospect of wrapping one’s own coils is scary. Although the possibility of danger appears to be low, at least one explosion has been reported in a case that most likely involved an extremely low-resistance coil used in conjunction with a counterfeit battery or stacked batteries. What if you could have someone else wire sub-ohm coils for you, and you could simply drop them into a tank like a regular atomizer head? Well, now you can.

View the Volt Hybrid Tank at the VaporFi website. The standard price is $59.99, but my link includes an embedded coupon code good for a 12 percent discount for first-time customers.

TL;DR: The VaporFi Volt Hybrid tank is by far the best e-cigarette attachment I have ever used. If you have a device that supports sub-ohm atomizers, you want this tank. If you aren’t sure, read on for my full review.

VaporFi Volt Hybrid Tank Review

About the VaporFi Volt Hybrid Tank

In short, the VaporFi Volt Hybrid Tank is a tank system designed for sub-ohm vaping. It requires a device that supports sub-ohm attachments and produces at least 15 watts. VaporFi markets it for use with the VOX 50 mod, which produces a maximum of 50 watts. My Volt Hybrid Tank review is written in this context; I used it in conjunction with the VOX 50. However, it should work with any mod that has similar power characteristics, including many mechanical mods. It will not work with devices that have strict amperage limits such as the ProVari P3.

The Volt tank holds about 4.5 ml of e-liquid and includes three interchangeable atomizer heads that you can use simply by screwing them into the tank’s base as you would with another tank system. Two of the heads are pre-built, fitted with Japanese organic cotton wicks and ready for vaping; one has a resistance of 0.5 ohms and the other is 1.2 ohms. VaporFi sells these replacement heads in packs of five for $24.99.

The third atomizer head is a tiny RBA that you can re-wire yourself. It comes with a coil pre-installed; all you need to do is add a wick. The resistance of the Volt Tank RBA is 0.5 ohms.

VaporFi Volt Hybrid Tank Coils Gaskets
The VaporFi Volt Hybrid Tank includes replacements for all breakable components. The replacement Pyrex glass tank is not pictured.

One of the things that impresses me most about the VaporFi Volt Tank is the fact that it’s such a complete package. In addition to the three atomizer heads, the package includes an additional pre-wrapped coil, enough organic cotton for up to 20 wicks, a screwdriver, two replacement screws, a replacement Pyrex glass tank and a set of replacement silicone gaskets. The Volt Tank is a single package that includes everything you need to get started with sub-ohm vaping, and it’ll likely be months before you need to buy a single replacement part.

VaporFi Volt Hybrid Tank Review: OCC Atomizer Heads

VaporFi markets the pre-built coils for the Volt Tank under the term Organic Cotton Coil, or OCC. The coils are available in 0.5- and 1.2-ohm varieties and the Volt Tank includes one of each. According to VaporFi, the 0.5 ohm OCC atomizer has an operable range of 15-30 watts, while the 1.2-ohm atomizer works from 12-25 watts. I was able to use both coils at the VOX 50’s minimum displayed power level of 7 watts without any problem, although I am not sure that the VOX 50 vaporizer is actually able to step down to the 1.87 volts needed to drive a 0.5-ohm atomizer at 7 watts.

VaporFi Volt Tank OCC Atomizer Heads
VaporFi sells sub-ohm atomizer replacements for the Volt Tank in packs of five.

I am not new to e-cigarette tank systems; I used cartomizer tanks for a while and enjoyed their functionality. I preferred glass tanks to the more inexpensive plastic ones, though, and eventually became frustrated by how easily they shattered. The article linked to above — which is now woefully outdated as I write this — doesn’t even mention the newer style of e-cigarette tank system which uses a replaceable atomizer head rather than a cartomizer with punched holes. I’ve tried plenty of those, too. Unfortunately, I never liked any of them well enough to bother writing about them. Every tank had a critical problem; they either imparted plastic tastes to the vapor or failed to wick e-liquid quickly enough and produced “dry hits” too frequently.

That all changed when I tried the VaporFi Rebel Tank system. Here was a glass tank that didn’t impart off flavors, could wick e-liquid quickly enough to work at my preferred voltage and used atomizer coils that were as affordable as the dual-coil eGo cartomizers I used previously. I was in love. Only a couple of weeks later, though, VaporFi supplied a VOX 50 mod and Volt Hybrid Tank for review, and my opinion of modern e-cigarette tanks was once again transformed.

The Volt Tank comes with the 0.5-ohm OCC atomizer pre-installed, so that was the one I tried first. I was not prepared for the volume of vapor a sub-ohm coil is capable of producing. When I first received the Volt Tank a few weeks ago, I was using e-liquids with a nicotine strength of 8 mg. I have since stepped down to almost half that amount because with so much vapor per puff, I was simply getting far more nicotine than I needed or wanted.

What’s more, I have never before used an e-cigarette attachment of any kind that was able to produce such intensity of flavor without a burned taste. If you are a long-term e-cigarette user, you can probably remember certain devices and attachments — your first variable-voltage device, for example — that made you feel as though you were “tasting your favorite e-liquid for the first time.” For me, the VaporFi Volt Hybrid Tank is one of those devices. My preferred e-liquid is a neutral-tasting high-menthol with a relatively low percentage of VG. In other words, it isn’t designed for those who aspire to win vapor cloud contests. And yet, my very first puff on the VaporFi Volt tank — at just 7 watts — produced the largest, most intense puff of vapor I’d ever experienced.

Aside from coil resistance, the 0.5-ohm and 1.2-ohm OCC coils for the VaporFi Volt tank are similar in design. They feature very large wick holes and are able to take e-liquid in quickly enough to meet the maximum wattage ranges specified on VaporFi’s product page. For me, the “sweet spot” seems to be around 10-12 watts with the 0.5-ohm atomizer and 15-17 watts with the 1.2-ohm atomizer. Around the 20-watt range with either atomizer, the vapor becomes too hot and intense to be fully enjoyable for me. Above 30 watts or so, the e-liquid can no longer wick quickly enough and I begin to get “dry hits.”

So, if the VaporFi Volt OCC atomizers have any weakness, it’s that they are unable to operate at the 50-watt maximum power level of the VaporFi VOX 50. Based on my experience, though, I’m not sure why anyone would ever want to crank them up so high. Even at my modest settings, the OCC atomizers produce more vapor than I’ve ever experienced before and have driven me to drastically lower the nicotine strength of my e-liquids.

VaporFi Volt Hybrid Tank Review: RBA Atomizer Head

VaporFi Volt Tank RBA Atomizer Review
The holes on the sides of the VaporFi Bolt Tank’s RBA atomizer aren’t quite large enough.

If you’ve never used a rebuildable atomizer before, the RBA atomizer head included with the VaporFi Volt tank is essentially the perfect RBA for beginners. Building an RBA coil is a three-part process in that you wrap a coil, connect it to two contact points and install a wick. Using the Volt RBA atomizer, you’ll only need to learn one of these skills at a time. The first coil is pre-installed, requiring you to only thread a wick. When that coil stops functioning, the second coil is included with the tank. You’ll just need to connect the coil and wick it. You’ll only need to start from scratch with your third coil. Or, if you’d rather, you can buy pre-wrapped coils from VaporFi at $9.99 per five-pack. Just connect a coil, add a wick and vape.

After working with the Volt RBA atomizer, I feel much more confident with the idea of building my own RBA coils. The RBA is easy to use and as user-friendly as a do-it-yourself electronic device could possibly be. The one issue I have with the Volt RBA is the fact that the liquid holes on the sides are far too small to work at anywhere near the same power levels as the pre-built OCC atomizers. The small holes restrict the flow of air and e-liquid, and I experienced dry hits even at very modest wattage settings. I think it might be possible to alleviate this issue by tinkering with the width and length of the wick, but I didn’t feel inclined to do a great deal of troubleshooting. My experience with the OCC atomizers was so wonderful that I have since begun using them full-time — and no amount of wick tinkering will fix the fact that the small holes of the RBA prevent free and easy puffing.

VaporFi Volt Hybrid Tank Review: The Bottom Line

With the VaporFi Volt tank, you get a heck of a lot for your money. Given the unique nature of this tank, it would have been very easy for VaporFi to include less add-on items without dropping the price. With this one package, though, you’ll get the opportunity to build a couple of your own atomizer coils and experiment with a pre-built sub-ohm atomizer, while knowing that if you happen to make a mistake and damage a component, every breakable part has a replacement right there in the box. All of this extra thought and care make the VaporFi Volt tank by far the most user-friendly e-cigarette tank I’ve ever encountered.

From a usage standpoint, I have high praise for the pre-assembled 0.5-ohm OCC atomizer, which VaporFi sells in packs of five. It is by far the best e-cigarette attachment I have ever used. The incredible performance of the OCC atomizer has allowed me to reduce the nicotine strength of my e-liquids while still enjoying a more satisfying e-smoking experience than I’ve ever had before. This is especially remarkable to me when I consider the fact that I didn’t even like e-cigarette tank systems a couple of months ago — and I’ve been trying them, on and off, for years. The VaporFi Volt Hybrid Tank is now a permanent part of my vaping setup. I think it ought to be a part of your setup, too.

View the Volt Hybrid Tank at the VaporFi website. The standard price is $59.99, but my link includes an embedded coupon code good for a 12 percent discount for first-time customers.

VaporFi Volt Hybrid Tank: The Pros

  • OCC sub-ohm atomizer boasts amazing flavor and vapor production; better than any atomizer, cartomizer or tank I’ve previously used
  • Extremely complete package for the money; includes replacements for all key components
  • Process for replacing OCC sub-ohm atomizer is the same as it would be for the atomizer head in any common tank system
  • RBA atomizer component allows you to ease into building your own coils, one step at a time

VaporFi Volt Hybrid Tank: The Cons

  • RBA atomizer holes are too small for adequate airflow and wicking